Safety culture in design: Final Report from the NKS-R SADE activity

Luigi Macchi, Elina Pietikäinen, Marja Liinasuo, Paula Savioja, Teemu Reiman, Mikael Wahlström, Ulf Kahlbom, Carl Rollenhagen

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In this report we approach design from a safety culture approach As this research area is new and understudied, we take a wide scope on the issue. Different theoretical perspectives that can be taken when improving safety of the design process are considered in this report. We suggest that in the design context the concept of safety culture should be expanded from an organizational level to the level of the network of organizations involved in the design activity. The implication of approaching the design process from a safety culture perspective are discussed and the results of the empirical part of the research are presented. In the interview study in Finland and Sweden we identified challenges and opportunities in the design process from safety culture perspective. Also, a small part of the interview study concentrated on state of the art human factors engineering (HFE) practices in Finland and the results relating to that are presented. This report provide a basis for future development of systematic good design practices and for providing guidelines that can lead to safe and robust technical solutions
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationRoskilde
PublisherNordic Nuclear Safety Research NKS
Number of pages58
ISBN (Print)978-87-7893-353-9
Publication statusPublished - 2013
MoE publication typeD4 Published development or research report or study

Publication series

SeriesNKS Reports


  • Safety culture
  • design
  • network safety culture
  • HFE


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